NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Carleton College distance runner Simone Childs-Walker ’12 (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) has been named one of the top 30 honorees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Selected from a group of nearly 430 nominees, the top 30 women are composed of 10 honorees from each of the three NCAA divisions and span various NCAA sports. They reflect the pillars of the Woman of the Year award, with outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
Next month, three finalists will be chosen from each division to form nine finalists for the award. The 2012 Woman of Year will be announced and the top 30 women will be honored during an Oct. 14 ceremony in Indianapolis.
Throughout her four years running for the Knights, Childs-Walker was virtually without peer. She was the selected as the top athlete in the conference in each of her three sports - cross country (2011), indoor track and field (2012) and outdoor track and field (2011) - while accumulating a trophy case full of MIAC individual championships and All-Conference honors.
Childs-Walker garnered 25 All-MIAC honors - 21 in track, four in cross country - as she was named All-Conference in every event she entered throughout her four seasons. Her success continued at the regional and national level as Childs-Walker earned a total of 12 All-American honors and was All-Region each season throughout her career.
Success wasn't limited to athletics for Childs-Walker, who graduated this spring with a near-perfect 3.96 grade point average with a degree in Philosophy. She was a two-time first team Academic All-American. Her academic pursuits will continue in medical school this fall at the University of Minnesota, where she is currently leaning toward pursuing a career in primary care or family practice.
Childs-Walker also left her mark on the Carleton and Northfield, Minn., communities through numerous service projects and volunteer efforts.
The 30 finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year award have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.87 and more than 90 Academic All-America Honors. Additionally, the group has earned nearly 20 national championships (individual and team) and nearly 110 All-American honors.
Contains information from the NCAA and MIAC.
2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30
|Hillary Bach||I||Pac-12||Arizona State University||Softball|
|Chyna Balonick||II||Independent||Humboldt State University||Rowing|
|Sharwil Bell||III||SCAC||Rhodes College||Basketball|
|Simone Childs-Walker||III||MIAC||Carleton College||Cross Country & Track and Field|
|Christie Hope||II||Great Lakes Valley||UW-Parkside||Cross Country & Track and Field|
|Grace Collins||II||Sunshine State||Barry University||Softball|
|Margo Cramer||III||NESCAC||Middlebury College||Cross Country & Track and Field|
|Margaux Farrell||I||Big Ten||Indiana University||Swimming and Diving|
|Danielle Foxhoven||I||West Coast||University of Portland||Soccer|
|Kate Griewisch||II||South Atlantic||Lenoir-Rhyne Univ.||Cross Country & Track and Field|
|Stacey Hagensen||III||Northwest||Pacific Lutheran Univ.||Softball|
|Jazmyne Hefflefinger||I||Mid-Eastern||Delaware State Univ.||Bowling|
|Kristin Hoffman||I||Mid-American||Northern Illinois Univ.||Volleyball|
|Kendra Huettl||II||Northern Sun||Minnesota State-Mankato||Softball|
|Glory Johnson||I||Southeastern||University of Tennessee||Basketball|
|Rebecca Kamp||III||MIAA||Calvin College||Volleyball|
|Kelsey Kittleson||III||Iowa||Luther College||Softball|
|Lopez Mimendi Sofia||II||South Atlantic||Lincoln Memorial Univ.||Cross Country, Tennis|
|Christina Muir||II||Great Lakes||Ferris State University||Cross Country & Track and Field|
|Sarah Jane Otey||III||NEWMAC||U.S. Coast Guard Acad.||Rowing, Swimming and Diving|
|Brooke Pancake||I||SEC||University of Alabama||Golf|
|Alexi Pappas||I||Ivy League||Dartmouth College||Cross Country & Track and Field|
|Elizabeth Phillips||III||UAA||Washington Univ. (Mo.)||Cross Country & Track and Field|
|Verena Preikshas||II||Independent||Cal State-Stanislaus||Tennis|
|Tanya Schmidt||I||West Coast||Santa Clara University||Volleyball|
|Carol Cayo Smith||III||NAC||M.S.O.E||Basketball, Tennis, Outdoor Track and Field|
|Neely Spence||II||PSAC||Shippensburg University||Cross Country & Track and Field|
|Alisa Vereshchagin||III||NCAC||Kenyon College||Swimming and Diving|
|Rebecca Wade||I||Conference USA||Rice University||Cross Country & Track and Field|
|Anne Wethe||II||CCAA||UC-San Diego||Soccer|